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Team Summit racks up top-10s

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Nearing the end of its season, Team Summit certainly hasn’t stopped posting impressive results in every level – and discipline – of competition.

In the past two weeks, the local ski and snowboard team earned top-10 finishes at the 2010 Freestyle Junior Olympics in New Hampshire and the U.S. Freestyle National Championships in California, while taking home the team title in the Youth Ski League Championships at Eldora Mountain.

As the possible highlight to it all, Frisco’s Mikaela Matthews, who is the youngest member of the U.S. Freesyle Ski Team at only 18, finished with top-10 finishes in both single and dual moguls at the U.S. Nationals. Competing with the best mogul skiers in the country – and all her American teammates – Matthews was ninth in singles and fifth in dual.

Heather McPhie, a former Team Summit skier and U.S. team member, was just two spots ahead of Matthews in third for the dual competition.

Team Summit’s Kira Wright was 47th in the singles competition, earning a respectable finish in her first trip to the national event.

On the men’s side, Nathan Park finished 19th in duals and 31st in singles.

The top finish for Team Summit at the Junior Olympics, held in Waterville, N.H., went to Kirsten Cooley, who took fifth in the women’s snowboarding slopestyle competition.

Teammate Ian Borgeson was fifth on the men’s side of the slope comp and also ninth in aerials.

Park finished ninth overall in men’s moguls, while Matthews (17th), Kendall Marshall (38th) and Wright (55th) also competed.

In alpine skiing, Team Summit also took home the team title in the YSL Championships for the second time in three years.

The event marked the culmination of the league’s five-race series and featured eight youth teams from across Colorado.

More than 240 male and female skiers – ages 5-14 – competed in two races of giant slalom.

“I believe winning the championships again, shows that our alpine racing program is on the right track in developing strong young ski racers,” Team Summit’s head development coach Jerry Karl said. ” … We spend more on coaching at this level, but believe this investment is vital to our long-term success.”

Team Summit’s Meagan Brones took first place in both races for her J7 (6-and-under) class.

Local skier Victoria Uglyar was third in both races, while Team Summit’s Cassidy Citron (fourth and sixth) and Kyra Bowden (sixth and fifth) also competed in the category.

In J6 (7- and 8-year olds), Helenka Ostazewski finished second and third, and teammate Maddox Gayer was fourth in the first race.

Molly Reich (second and seventh) and her older sister Lindsey Reich (fourth and second) both competed in the J5 category for girls that are 9 and 10 years old.

In J4 girls (11 and 12), Rachel Damle was fifth and sixth in the two races, while Giulia Deininger won the second race of the J3 (13 an 14) class.

On the boys’ side of the draw, Aiden Ollson was second in both J7 races, while teammates Kyle Pennington (sixth and seventh) and Dylan Smith (ninth in the second race) also competed in that class.

Jack Reich, the younger brother of Lindsey and Molly, didn’t let his sisters have the best finishes of the family, as he won both races in the J6 class.

Nate Lentz, Eric Negomir and Alex Kim took three of the top-seven spots in the J5 boys.

Team Summit’s Stuart Edgerly fell in the morning race but skied to victory in the afternoon comp, just nipping out local independent racer Slav Uglyar in the J4 Boys.

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